“The future will always be more messy than we imagine.” – Jamais Cascio
Future Preparedness explores how to prototype a range of possible futures and experience them as real, physical situations. By immersing ourselves in these future “prehearsals” or “pre-enactments” we cultivate mindsets and behaviours that can help us adapt to diverse and unpredictable futures. This case study builds on futurist scenario planning and ancient meditation practices, as well as age-old sideshows, anachronistic re-enactments and contemporary disaster drills. We sketch our future lives as improvised, participatory experiences and test them in a number of near future scenarios.